|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Smalcald Articles by Dr. Martin Luther:
etc., who are ordained and [attention to whom is necessary and
has been] commanded, and run after these unnecessary,
uncertain, pernicious will-o'-the-wisps of the devil [and
errors]? Unless the devil was riding [made insane] the Pope,
causing him to praise and establish these practices, whereby
the people again and again revolted from Christ to their own
works, and became idolaters, which is worst of all; moreover,
it is neither necessary nor commanded, but is senseless and
doubtful, and besides harmful. Hence here, too, there can be
no yielding or surrendering [to yield or concede anything here
is not lawful], etc. And let this be preached, that such
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
flowers, alas! to the West Kirk. Many a long hour we passed in
graveyards, the man who has gone and I - or rather not that man -
but the beautiful, genial, witty youth who so betrayed him. - Dear
Miss Ferrier, I am yours most sincerely,
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.
Letter: TO W. H. LOW
LA SOLITUDE, HYERES, VAR, 13TH DECEMBER 1883.
MY DEAR LOW, - . . . I was much pleased with what you send about my
work. Ill-health is a great handicapper in the race. I have never
at command that press of spirits that are necessary to strike out a
thing red-hot. SILVERADO is an example of stuff worried and pawed
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
And the Book shall be placed, and thou shalt see the sinners in fear
of what is in it; and they will say, 'Alas, for us! what ails this
Book, it leaves neither small nor great things alone, without
numbering them?' and they shall find present what they have done;
and thy Lord will not wrong any one.
And when we said to the angels, Adore Adam,' they adored him, save
only Iblis, who was of the ginn, who revolted from the bidding of
his Lord. 'What! will ye then take him and his seed as patrons, rather
than me, when they are foes of yours? bad for the wrong-doers is the
I did not make them witnesses of the creation of the heavens and the
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Look at his left hand." said Mr. Henry.
"It is all bloody," said I.
"On the inside?" said he.
"It is cut on the inside," said I.
"I thought so," said he, and turned his back.
I opened the man's clothes; the heart was quite still, it gave not
"God forgive us, Mr. Henry!" said I. "He is dead."
"Dead?" he repeated, a little stupidly; and then with a rising
tone, "Dead? dead?" says he, and suddenly cast his bloody sword
upon the ground.